On Cigarette Ashes, Magnolia Blossoms, and Driver-Side Doors

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I. This is not so much a piece about marriage as it is about certainty, about propositional truth. In a certain sense, this is a piece about driver-side doors. II. At the wise old age of eighteen, I …

Memory, One Last Cracker, and Practicing the Daily Examen

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April 15 2014

W(o/a)ndering.

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  What is it about sun and sand and surf that is salve for a wounded soul? Beyond the jumpstart of vitamin D production, there's something transcendent about the ocean, something therapeutic in its rhythms, something …

When Your Child Isn’t Perfect*

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When she was 18 months old, she knew the names of all the butterflies at the zoo exhibit and could enumerate the differences between a butterfly and a moth. At 2, I asked her to …

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April 09 2014

When I Can’t Do Enough

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Her forehead was hotter than normal, but lower than "Yikes, she's burning up!" Her nose was dripping constantly. "Mami, did you even know that this many mocos could fit in my nose?!" I agreed that …

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April 08 2014

Patience and Tantrums

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The hours between 3 and 7 pm are the worst in my house. And I imagine our family is not alone. When my girls were little, those same hours were bad as well. Any parent of …

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